We are cozily holed up at a lovely Kiawah Island home that Grandad rented for the week. This is the last "remote" Christmas, and future years will find us hunkered at home where Santa can spoil the littles without the requirement of theatric shipping feats to get everything home. :)
Logistics and lousy weather aside, we are making memories galore snuggled up together. We've even got a sweet Christmas puppy frolicking around, thanks to Uncle Matt and his newest addition, Sully. There have been meals cooked inside, bundled up walks outside, coloring, reading, playing and puzzle-building, and sweet Graham has covered every square inch of the house with his unique crawl.
And of course, we've been busy creating a lovely Christmas, G's first, and from the size of the smiles on everyone's faces this morning, I'd say we've succeeded. Santa and his reindeer were properly feted with cookies and carrots last night, and after a slightly harried church experience, we enjoyed a lovely christmas eve dinner. We hurried home to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to jammie-clad babies and tuck them into a perfectly silent night.
I crept quietly into Rowan's room this morning, G in my arms, and she stood up and said "Merry Christmas, Mommy!" in her sweet voice, and there's just nothing else in the world I want or need. We headed downstairs to enjoy Santa's mighty haul, but as I watched the lovely scene unfolding in front of me, I was reminded anew that the greatest gifts of Christmas have nothing to do with presents.
This life can really be an embarassment of riches sometimes, and I'm immensely grateful for my beautiful, healthy children, my amazing husband and partner in crime, another christmas in the company of my parents and brother (my original merry compadres, and still the best around), and the tremendous blessing of parents who strive to create experiences where our whole family can come together in celebration.
My heart is so full, and I hold those families who aren't having such a lovely season-- or who aren't able to be together for whatever reason -- within it and I wish for them peace and love and healing.
Merry Christmas, one and all!